Stefaan G. Verhulst

Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @New York University (GovLab), an action research centre dedicated to improving governance through advances in technology. Verhulst’s current work centres on ways technology can improve people’s lives and create more data-driven and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of information in a responsible way to advance the public good.

He is also a Board Member of ORBICOM – Unesco, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University in Budapest, and an Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications.  

Before joining NYU full time, Verhulst spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor.  In addition, Verhulst was Co-Founder and Co-Director of PCMLP at Oxford University, the UNESCO Chairholder in Communications Law and Policy for the UK, the socio-legal fellow at Wolfson College (Oxford), Co-Founder and Co-Director of the International Media and Info-Comms Policy and Law Studies at the University of Glasgow School of Law.  He regularly advises and consults for international organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, and the European Commission and has received grants from Omidyar Network, Ford Foundation, Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Knight Foundation, among others.

Verhulst has written and co-authored several books on a variety of topics, including:  The Routledge Handbook of Media Law (2013), Legal Responses to the Changing Media (OUP, 1998); and Broadcasting Reform in India (OUP, 1998).

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